This Week's Favs: September 8

September has arrived! I know fall is here because I officially bought my first pumpkin spice flavored food (kudos to Milanos for being delicious). It's the time when, if something I like is pumpkin spice flavored, I have to at least try it. My mom does the same thing. We compare notes. Anyway, I've got some more suggestions to ring in the fall, so let's get started!


Love is Easy - McFly

McFly has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I can remember. I still to this day beat myself over not at least trying to go see them when they did their very small, very brief USA tour in 2012. They're a group that's huge in the UK, but basically unknown here in the US, which is a real shame. Most people have probably seen Tom's wedding speech, which went viral after it was released and now has almost 20 million views.

Having been together for over 13 years now, they're more focused on doing their own things while occasionally getting back together for a UK tour or project group like McBusted. Even though Love is Easy was released in 2012, it's still one of my all time favorite videos from them because it relives their entire career in a really unique way that makes me get all the feels every time I watch it. And, like anything that McFly releases, the song is amazing.

Power - EXO

The teasers leading up to the release of this music video were AMAZING. They had a very graphic novel sort of feel, which made it all just hit all the right nerdy spots. I didn't even know what to expect from the actual song, especially considering that I wasn't a huge fan of the group's last release, Ko Ko Bop, but they finally ventured back into my wheel house and didn't disappoint. It's got an electronic, almost Daft Punk-esque vibe and just really makes you want to dance. The video itself references each EXO member's "powers", which they've had since their debut with MAMA, as well as a few of their other past videos. It's nostalgic but fresh in all the best ways.


We Described Our Depression to an Illustrator

This video was really interesting. When talking about depression, it's easy for people to think that they understand how different it is from person to person, but seeing it presented it this way, where people are asked to visualize what it feels like, really solidifies that. From drowning to being lost to feeling trapped, this video shows just how unique depression is to each person and what it can feel like to others.

The Magi Series

The three-day weekend with no AC in my house meant that I spent a lot of time binge watching anime. I got through almost all of the three seasons in the Magi series, which kept my attention from start to finish. Using Middle Eastern folklore and mixing it with a world filled with magic and feuding kingdoms, Magi was right up my alley. I still can't quite figure out who my favorite character is, but I have soft spots for side characters like Judar, Prince Hakuryuu, and Jafar. All three seasons are available in Netflix (the order is Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, and Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad), but heads up that The Adventures of Sinbad has probably the least satisfying ending of all times. I didn't even know it was the end until I looked at the episode list and saw there were no more to watch.


There wasn't a whole lot that caught my attention for reading this week, and I didn't download any new apps, so here's a collection of some of my favorite pieces of fanart that I saw this week.